Pro Line Archery Featured in NY Daily News as place to for Olympic Style Archery.
For Olympic-style recreation, the city’s a five-ring circus
Swimming, gymnastics and beach volleyball may be the most popular Summer Olympic sports, but they’re not nearly as interesting as some of the other events.
Who cares about the backstroke when you can see a backflip 30 feet off a trampoline?
There are also sword fights, arrows and bullets being shot, and badminton battles going on in Beijing.
And you can perfect your skills in these often under-the-radar events right in New York City. Here are some of the lesser-known Summer Olympic sports, the locals who love them, and where you can play in the city.
Olympic history: Archery joined the Games in 1900 and reappeared in 1904, 1908 and 1920. Belgium’s Hubert van Innis is history’s most decorated archer, winning six gold and three silver medals in 1900 and 1920 (take that, William Tell!). Archery then was dropped from the Olympics for 68 years before returning in 1972, where the U.S.’ John Williams and Doreen Wilber struck gold in individual competition. Archery has remained in the Games ever since, with team competitions added in 1988.
Where to play in NYC: Pro Line Archery Lanes, 9511 101st Ave., near Woodhaven Blvd., Queens, (718) 845-9280.
The scene: Pro Line caters to future champs with a Saturday Junior Olympic Archery Development program ($10, taught by USA Archery teammates Guy Gerig and Joe McGlyn), plus open shooting for hobbyists and newbies alike ($5 kids, $13 adults, $7 equipment rental). On a recent Saturday, four kids ages 8 to 14 lined up to shoot at targets tacked to wooden boards 8 to 20 yards away. “It’s just fun,” said Henry Jung, 8, from Forest Hills, holding a bow that’s bigger than he is. Next to him stood serious shooter Dillon McMenamy, 12, from Long Island, who jetted to Colorado’s nationals competition the next day. “My dream is to be in the Olympics,” he said. “I was saying to my dad, ‘Can I compete in the Olympics?’ He said, ‘Later.'” — Nicole Lyn Pesce